Jamaica: Top Spots in Negril

Jamaica’s top cities are top of our bucket list after seeing these great photos by Angela Auclair. Nicholas Rosaci shares his fave stops along the way!

1. Atop a limestone cliff, 12 colourful cottages make up Jamaica’s famous Caves – one of the best places to stay in Jamaica. This oceanfront resort has a tropical reef system that comes right up to the edge of the cliff and is one of the most beautiful places to dive and explore marine life. Cutouts in the ancient fossilized walls allow for the brave to dive up to 50 feet into the clear aqua water.

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Photography by Angela Auclair

2. Spend a late afternoon sipping a Red Stripe beer while you rock out to live reggae music at Rick’s Café. Watch experienced cliff divers show off their acrobatic talents as they fearlessly jump 30 feet into the seawater below. Even better, bare witness to a few brave tourists attempts.

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3. It’s worth climbing the narrow stairs of the historic Negril Lighthouse to experience the most famous sunset around. Be sure to tip the caretaker for helping you make your way up the (somewhat frightening) trip to the top.

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Photography by Angela Auclair

Rocker Style

  • Dining room chairs from the Eighth Avenue Antique Mall and light fixtures from ‘some Russian junk man on Coney Island’ match the home's vintage—originally built in 1933.
  • Salome, oil on canvas, overlooks Veta (the artist) and a vibrant red sofa in the living room.
  • LEFT The stunning Sohaila, mixed media on panel, holds court over the fireplace and Veta’s cat, Baci.

Talented Nashville artist, designer, photographer, video director and transplanted New Yorker, Veta Cicolello finds pleasure in the madness.

“I dabble in literature, music and the ‘theatre’ of a good meal”

“I believe the only way I’ll learn anything is to do the very things that frighten me most. So in that way, yes, you could say I am fearless when it comes to design,” says Veta. “I start with a mood and challenge the other pieces, especially the artwork, to hold its own against the surroundings”.

With her 70s-style shag haircut, reminiscent of a young Jane Fonda, Veta’s talent for mixing modern with a dash of New York vibe is evident throughout her two-story home. “I like to have fun with design. It has to be beautiful and it has to work,” says Veta, a graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts.

In the living room, books and art rule. “I love the look, feel and smell of books. They have a tremendous influence on me,” Veta confides. Not to be outshone, a tomato red sofa sits opposite the fireplace, a gift from Veta’s friend and hair stylist Michael Fox. The fabric is a New York City flea market find. In the dining area, bold yellow chairs circle an acrylic table on which rest a metal skull, colourful glass bottles and candle holders.

Both Veta and her husband, Theo Antoniadis, are passionate cooks. “When we moved in, the kitchen was a disaster,” remembers Veta. They gutted the original room to the studs and removed five layers of old linoleum before the original pine flooring finally emerged. A vibrant vinyl window treatment on the glossy black door leading to the pantry adds a dramatic accent.

“I labor over design choices and take each step seriously, but there is definitely a flow that just feels natural,” Veta explains. That being said, the playful and stylish mood of her home is a testament to Veta’s fearless flair for meshing rocker style with contemporary and vintage New York.

Nashville’s Top 5 Music Experiences

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Music City

As a little kid Eric Parker dreamed of Nashville. Five years ago he made the city home, and its music has been pumping through his veins ever since.

1. Writers-round:Celebrities draw fans to Nashville, but the real magic happens when the songwriters themselves take the stage. Catch a show at the Bluebird Cafe or take in a Hall of Fame Songwriter Session. In the spring, there’s the weeklong Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival, March 29-April 2.

2. Honky-Tonks:No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to Broadway, the well-known strip lined with boisterous honky-tonks. Robert’s Western World features live music that handsomely bridges the gap between outlaw and hillbilly. Tootsies and Legends Corner are equally popular.

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3. Ryman Auditorium:The 120-year-old Mother Church of Country Music has hosted its share of famous crooners, from BB King to R.E.M. Recently, the Ryman appeared on screen in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Country Strong.

4. Grand Ole Opry:Once heard only over the radio waves, and rocketing singers and songwriters to fame over its 85 years on air, the Opry is best enjoyed live. Big name acts like Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts perform on this well-loved stage before packed audiences who get a chance to see and hear the world’s longest running radio program.

5. Historic RCA Studio B:Part of the Country Music Hall of Fame, tour one of the world’s most important and oldest recording studios, helping define the Nashville sound and giving rise to artists like Dolly Parton and Elvis.